By increasing collagen production, which boosts your skin’s elasticity, and reducing free-radical damage, which can interfere in your skin’s natural ability to heal, vitamin E is a double-whammy stretch mark healer. Wheat germ oil is loaded with it! The other two ingredients in this recipe, ginger and turmeric, are popular in South Asia for their wound-repairing and collagen-boosting properties. Best of all for moms-to-be, because these ingredients are all-natural and food grade, you can safely apply this massage oil throughout pregnancy.
- 3 cups wheat germ oil
- 1 cup chopped fresh ginger root
- 1 cup chopped fresh turmeric root
- In a double boiler, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and heat for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Strain through a cheesecloth or metal strainer to remove the ginger and turmeric pieces.
- Massage onto your skin twice a day.
Alexis’s Glow Tips for reducing stretch marks:
Massaging stretch marks helps to increase blood flow to the area and improves healing.
Apply Tamanu oil to stretch marks twice a day to increase the production of collagen and renew skin.
Onion Extract with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties may help regulate the formation of collagen when applied topically.
Alexis Wolfer is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean, an online women’s magazine founded in January of 2010 to bring women their beauty, fashion, fitness and wellness fix in a way designed to make them feel better about themselves. Forbes Magazine named TheBeautyBean one of the Top 10 Women’s Lifestyle Websites. Alexis is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle expert, as seen on the Today Show, E!, The Doctors, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX as well as in print outlets from WWD to Teen Vogue to Star Magazine, AOL, CNN.com to Oprah.com.
Recipe from THE RECIPE FOR RADIANCE: Discover Beauty’s Best-Kept Secrets in Your Kitchen © 2014 by Alexis Wolfer